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Poster: duckpond74 Date: Oct 21, 2010 1:24pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: TDIH - 10-21-71 The Auditorium Theater, Chicago

Keith's second show with the band - and he sounds so relaxed, as do they. The Dark Star > wild roller coaster ride Jam > Sittin' On Top Of The World > Dark Star > Bobby McGee is one fine Chicago style hot dog - with the works! But that's only part of the joy that this show unfolds. Almost every tune - both new and old - breathes a new freshness thanks to the addition of Keith's fine piano playing and his fresh, and often spot-on musical ideas and directions. Just listen to Cumberland, Jack Straw, Tennessee Jed, Big Railroad Blues to see what effect he had on the group after a few rehearsals and one break-out gig. And all of these new songs?? We wondered aloud what the hell was goin' on with our beloved band, and yet we loved it all, just the same.

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1971-10-21.sbd.bertha-ashley.9622.sbeok.shnf

I confess, I love the sound of a grand piano in these often improvisational settings - Keith with the Dead and John Evan with Jethro Tull were like wryly smiling, generous gods helping their respective, and sympathetic ensembles reach new musical heights - at times it felt like the heavens were truly opened. Adding Keith to the Dead, they got the sensibilities, chops and ideas of a young, Hank Jones, McCoy Tyner as well as a seasoned southern roadhouse player, with a hint of gospel music riffin'. I love Pigpen, but seeing the band at Northrop in Minneapolis at the Auditorium in Chicago, playing in these two lovely opera houses, we felt that we were witnessing a musical dawn that would become one fine day . . . and then this is the show where Jerry remarks "If you want professionalism, you'll have to pay another buck ... " .

I'm waxing on and on because i've spent many, many hours with this recording. This was my first live Dead tape. I recorded it off the radio - WGLD Oak Park, home of TRIAD Radio - the closest thing we Chicagoans had to KPFA or KSAN. Recorded on a new TEAC 4070G at 7 1/2 ips. I had bought all of their commercial releases and the previously mentioned Mother Records boot LP of the Winterland 10-4-70, and I was just learning about this clandestine and scattered network of folks who were trading live shows from around the country. I was thrilled to have a first tape that was of such pristine quality that I could offer to others in that network. The infectious bug soon became entrenched, and though the enthusiasm waned after '77, the collecting continued to this day. This forum has been such a 'wonder' full resource. I am always amazed when I'm introduced to a performance - be it single song or whole show - that others were moved by, or taken with, that I had no idea about before seeing it mentioned, or discussed, here (i.e. Cliff's recent posts about those fine acoustic Bird Songs). I'm thrilled when a less-generational updated source is posted. Again, as always, thanks to all the good people who feed this conduit, this animal, and to those who lend their own empirical histories - and herstories - to this worthwhile cause.

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Poster: yesss! Date: Oct 21, 2010 3:22pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH - 10-21-71 The Auditorium Theater, Chicago

ripping cumberland here.

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Poster: light into ashes Date: Oct 21, 2010 6:03pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH - 10-21-71 The Auditorium Theater, Chicago

A lot of the Cumberlands from late '71 are particularly ripping. It's one of the songs Keith took to a new dimension....some of those little Cumberland jams fly straight into Slipknot territory.

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Poster: Jack o' Roses Date: Oct 21, 2010 8:46pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: This forum IS 'wonder' full! Re: TDIH - 10-21-71 The Auditorium Theater, Chicago

"This forum has been such a 'wonder' full resource. I am always amazed when I'm introduced to a performance - be it single song or whole show - that others were moved by, or taken with, that I had no idea about before seeing it mentioned, or discussed, here (i.e. Cliff's recent posts about those fine acoustic Bird Songs). I'm thrilled when a less-generational updated source is posted. Again, as always, thanks to all the good people who feed this conduit, this animal, and to those who lend their own empirical histories - and herstories - to this worthwhile cause."

*I wholeheartedly agree with this statement!*
& I'll give this recommedation a listen to too. Thank You